It was reported on Thursday that Klay Thompson will no longer be able to make his much-awaited debut for the Golden State Warriors before Christmas. On Friday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that the Dubs are now targeting January as a potential return date for their All-Star shooting guard.
It doesn’t sound like Thompson aggravated his injury or anything, but this is still a setback nonetheless. The fact that the Warriors are scheduled to play just two home games in the first half of January complicates things further for Klay. Coach Steve Kerr has shared his thoughts on this matter and at this point, it doesn’t sound like the Dubs have a plan set in stone just yet:
“I don’t know exactly how it’s going to pan out,” Kerr said. “I know that when we get back from this trip I’ll put my head together with (Director of Sports Medicine and Performance) Rick (Celebrini)’s and Klay’s and we’ll talk about it – and Bob (Myers) – and we’ll see where everything stands.”
With this recent development, a possible return to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League could be in the books for Thompson. According to Kerr, he hasn’t closed the door on this possibility:
“Sure, if we deem that’s the best place for him to scrimmage in,” Kerr said.
The Dubs are clearly being extremely cautious with Thompson here, and rightfully so. The 31-year-old hasn’t played in the NBA for two years now, and the last thing we want to happen is for the Warriors to rush him back prematurely.